New Release: Bloodshot

Everything has a dark side… For a moment, I had everything going for me—good job, good friends, and a great relationship with an amazing woman. And then, everything changed. As a cop, I always knew Adelheid had a dark side. I just never thought I’d get such a close-up view of it. Never thought it […]

Pro-Tip: Editing Dialogue

In a word? Do it cautiously! The fact is that almost no one, not a single one of us, speaks perfectly when we’re speaking. “People don’t always talk good.” So when you’re editing dialogue, resist the urge to edit it to perfection! Make sure this isn’t a natural way of speaking or a character-specific style. […]

Beware the Of

Beware! Beware of the word “of.” The fact is, you don’t need to use it as often as most people think they do. And using it when you don’t need to can hamper the flow of your sentence. For example, “She walked down the steps of the porch.” Doesn’t this sound better when written as, […]

Beware the Onomatopoeia

onomatopoeianoun. the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named Aside from being remarkably hard to spell, this is one of those writing acts that can be very useful but very easy to overuse. When something BAM! crashes into something else, or air HISS escapes through an airlock, or SQUELCH someone […]

Guest Crazy

This is what happens when a friend is nice enough to let you set your characters loose on their blog. BR let me do this a couple years ago, and I post it here for new enjoyment with a little editing update! P.S. BR has written many other urban fantasy books since this time and […]

Be Bold!

Something that I commonly change in the prose of stories is that a character will start to do something or begin to do something, rather than just doing it. In many cases, “beginning” to do the thing isn’t relevant. They end up doing it without interruption. So why specify that? Over-qualifying is a pretty common […]

Different Eyes

Why is Adelheid told with different First Person narrators? There was a brief review for the original publications of books two and three where a review said simply that they were surprised that the narrators were different than the first book. This sort of thing doesn’t surprise people in stories written in Third Person, but […]

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